Thesis Studio – Advanced Manufacturing & Architecture
Thesis Advisor: Tom Svilans

Credits: Grove by Tom Svilans and Paul Poinet


This topic of Thesis Projects focuses on developing and applying advanced manufacturing technologies in architectural construction. Robotic Fabrication, additive manufacturing (3d printing) or feedback loops among material performance and construction machines are the main topics students work on for the development of their thesis. Taking into consideration that the construction sector has been a slow sector integrating technological innovation, the Thesis projects developed in this topic merge expertise from industry and manufacturing with creative design processes and computation.



Tom Svilans is an architectural designer and researcher focusing on the intersection of fabrication, materiality, and emerging technologies.
Tom is currently doing a PhD at CITA (Centre for IT and Architecture) in Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of the EU-funded InnoChain research network. His research focuses on the design and manufacture of large-scale free-form timber structures. Tom is also a Senior Teaching Fellow on the Design for Manufacture M. Arch. programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London, UK. Tom also co-directs MAJORVISUAL, an image-making practice specializing in high-quality architectural visualization. As part of his research, Tom collaborates with leading Swiss timber contractor Blumer Lehmann AG and multi-disciplinary Scandinavian architecture practice White arkitekter AB.
Tom has presented and published his work internationally. Tom has taught at, among others, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; the Architectural Association (AA); and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).